Monday, May 08, 2006

Dance of the Dragonflies

I finally finished Dance of the Dragonflies. It was one of the 7 jackets I was working on awhile back. That turned out to be NOT a good idea. Apparently I need to finish things more often than that system was allowing so nothing was getting done. Oh well, live and learn!

This jacket has been through several reincarnations and doesn't look much like the original sketches I made after attending PIQF a couple of years ago. I wanted to have long graceful stems of grass draped across it with a handpainted fabric sunset in the background. About the only thing I kept were the dragonflies, but even those are a new-to-me technique I found in Nancy Eha's new beading book (great book!).

Instead I made a wonky 9-patch background and placed raw-edge appliqued plants on the jacket growing up from the green base. The working title was Swamp Jacket, LOL, but the colors didn't look very swampy to me; too clear and bright so I changed the name.

Here's a closeup of one of the dragonflies. I used a different decorative stitch down the center of each set of wings to make it a more fantasy piece.

I'm quite please with the way it turned out, but it won't be something I get to wear often. The dragonfly wings are a bit delicate. It should be a real hit in my fashion show though!

Oh and before I go I must tell you that the jacket is also known as Pond Scum, LOL! It's an inside joke for those who went on the retreat Wendy and I taught at in Temecula ;-)


Blogger Selwyn, The Crafty Engineer said...

Lisa, This is stunning! Gorgeous!
Oh, went to the Denver Quilt Festival Saturday...I will be sending you a CD with pics from MAQF and Denver...just too many to e-mail!

9:24 AM  
Blogger Karoda said...

This is a beautiful jacket!

2:59 PM  
Blogger Elle said...

Very pretty! I love dragonflies.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Wonderful jacket! I really love it!

4:59 AM  

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